The forgotten building

The Bronx Ink | December 2010

When Jennifer Baez’s daughter Paris was two months old, her public housing apartment in Soundview was so infested with mice that they ended up chewing holes through all of her baby’s clothes

“I had to go, with what little money I had, and buy more for her,” Baez said, as she gently rocked the stroller that held the nine-month-old toddler.

Until June, Baez had lived with her family at the Sonia Sotomayor housing building at 1471-73 Watson Ave. in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Now she’s just visiting…. More

The Bronx loves Obama… still

The Bronx Ink | November 2010

Bronx voters bucked the national trend at the polling booths during Tuesday’s midterm elections, rallying behind President Barack Obama even as they expressed concerns about rising unemployment and the faltering economy.

The majority of 300 voters interviewed by Bronx Ink reporters at 29 polling stations Nov. 2 said they voted for the Democrats on the ballot in large part because they wanted to show their support for the president. Many believed that the halfway point was too early to judge his presidency…More

The Yes Men

Unlimited | October 2010

Every once in a while Dan Buckley and Steve Dunstan head down to the skate park in Grey Lynn for a board meeting. A lot has changed for the founders of streetwear label Huffer since first meeting there in the late 1990s: their clothing brand is world famous in New Zealand, its turnover is in the millions, their faces are on TV ads for a bank. But it has not been a smooth ride for a company that had inexhaustible cool and almost lost it all. Now Buckley and Dunstan are all grown up, and ready to take on the world.

“We actually have proper, formalised board meetings,” Dunstan says, barely audible over the thumping music in a Ponsonby Road hotspot. “For me personally, having a board is a good line that you go across into a different mode. Decision making to running around and changing rubbish bins… More

Free software has a silver lining

New Zealand Herald | May 2008

For Wellington website development company SilverStripe, international success has arrived through a rather unorthodox business plan – by giving away their product.

The small company decided last year to offer its innovative website building program to customers free. And co-founder Sigurd Magnusson says SilverStripe has never looked back… More

Keeping up with the Joneses

Scoop | July 2009

“Political courage of the highest order” will be required to catch up economically with Australia and keep skilled workers from fleeing across the Tasman, former Reserve Bank Governor and National Party leader Don Brash outlined yesterday afternoon.

But whether he meant courage of the old BBC comedy Yes Minister we’ll have to wait to find out. The AUT Adjunct Professor of Banking put his spinning skills to good use in front of an audience of students, stopping short of elaborating a model for closing the income and productivity gap with our neighbours across the Tasman… More